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Poland leaves Iraq but doesn't give up helping US

Poland turned over control of an area south of Baghdad to American troops on Saturday, making it the latest in a string of countries to leave the dwindling U.S.-led coalition. But even as Polish troops head home from Iraq, their government is boosting troop levels in Afghanistan and preparing for a U.S. missile defense base in Poland. http://www.militar y-world.net/Iraq/7 80.html  (Oct 5, 2008 | post #1)

Blackhawk Choppers Crash In Iraq

Two Blackhawk helicopters have crashed while landing in northern Baghdad, a US military spokesman said. One Iraqi soldier was killed and two American and two Iraqi soldiers wounded in the two crashes in the Iraqi capital's Sunni district of Adhamiyah. Lieutenant Patrick Evans said: "Two UH-60 Blackhawks have crashed while landing at Combat Outpost Ford in Adhamiyah. It is not known how many were on board at the time of the incident, he said. "Enemy fire is not suspected at this time," he added. A Reuters TV cameraman in the Sha'ab district, near Adhamiya, said he saw two helicopters circling overhead. The engine of one of them made a thudding sound as it lost altitude and crashed. He said he heard an explosion after the impact, followed by the sound of shooting. Fox News correspondent Anita McNaught, in Baghdad, said: "The Blackhawks were flying over a densely populated suburb of the capital, but the fact they crashed as they were landing on a US military base - not over houses - meant that most of the crew were able to survive." Iraqi police said clashes had broken out between Iraqi security forces and gunmen near the crash site. The incident came 17 days after another US military helicopter crashed in southern Iraq, killing all seven soldiers on board. The worst single crash was in November 2003 when two Blackhawks collided near the main northern city of Mosul, killing 17 soldiers. At the beginning of last year there was a spate of crashes, including some aircraft shot down by insurgents. http://www.militar y-world.net/Iraq/7 81.html  (Oct 5, 2008 | post #1)

War in Afghanistan cannot be won, British commander

The war in Afghanistan cannot be won, Britain's most senior military commander in the country has warned. Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith said the British public should not expect "a decisive military victory" and that he believed groups of insurgents would still be at large after troops pulled out. In June, he claimed that British forces had reached a "tipping point" against a weakened Taliban after their leadership was "decapitated ". But on Sunday the army officer said it was time to lower expectations and focus on reducing the conflict to a level which could be managed by the Afghan army. Brig Carleton-Smith, commander of 16 Air Assault Brigade - which has just completed its second tour of Afghanistan - said talking to the Taliban could be an important part of that process. He insisted his forces had "taken the sting out" of the Taliban for 2008 as winter and the colder weather approaches, but warned that many of the fighters would return in May or June. He said British forces had killed six important Taliban commanders and delivered a vast turbine to Kajaki dam to significantly bolster electricity supplies. However, he told a Sunday newspaper: "We're not going to win this war. It's about reducing it to a manageable level of insurgency that's not a strategic threat and can be managed by the Afghan army. "We may well leave with there still being a low but steady ebb of rural insurgency... I don't think we should expect that when we go, there won't be roaming bands of armed men in this part of the world. "That would be unrealistic." Brig Carleton-Smith, who took the unusual step last month of calling for 4,000 more troops, said the goal should be to find a non-violent resolution. "We want to change the nature of the debate from one where disputes are settled through the barrel of a gun to one where it is done through negotiations, " he said. "If the Taliban were prepared to sit on the other side of the table and talk about a political settlement, then that's precisely the sort of progress that concludes insurgencies like this." "That shouldn't make people uncomfortable. " A Ministry of Defence spokesman defended the brigadier's comments and said the aim was to provide a secure infrastructure for the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army. "We have always said there is no military solution in Afghanistan. Insurgencies are ultimately solved at the political level, not by military means alone," the spokesman said. "We are not looking for a total military victory, it is much wider than that, improving the infrastructure to alllow the country to move forward without the need for a total defeat of the Taliban. "We fully support President Karzai's efforts to bring disaffected Afghans into society's mainstream with his proviso that they renounce violence and accept Afghanistan's constitution. " Joining the debate about how long troops will stay in Afghanistan, Brig Carleton-Smith said he expected tactical military responsibility to be handed over to the Afghan government within five years. Defence Secretary Des Browne has already warned it will take years to establish a stable democracy and told a think-tank in Washington in July that it would be a "longer haul" than Iraq. Last week, the British ambassador to Kabul, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, was linked to disparaging remarks about the role of international troops in Afghanistan. A French newspaper printed what it claimed was a leaked memo which quoted Sir Sherard as saying that foreign forces were "slowing down and complicating and eventual end to the crisis" http://www.militar y-world.net/Afghan istan/782.html  (Oct 5, 2008 | post #1)

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Afghanistan spending to top $1-billion in 2008

Canada's yearly cost of the war in Afghanistan doubled in 2006 and was projected to crack the $1-billion mark this year. An internal Defence Department report of the Afghanistan mission's costs, dated this past Jan. 25, shows that the incremental cost of the Afghan mission spiked noticeably to $803 million in the fiscal year of 2006-2007, nearly doubling the $402 million from the previous year. This sharp increase in spending coincides with the massive escalation of the Taliban insurgency in 2006, which set off a wave of unprecedented violence across southern Afghanistan. http://military-wo rld.net/Afghanista n/308.html  (Apr 21, 2008 | post #1)

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